BBC pundit reacts to Arsenal’s resounding win, picks slight fault

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Garth Crooks has assessed Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over West Ham United.

Pundit Garth Crooks commentated on the BBC Matchday Live column that Arsenal were very good in their 3-0 win over West Ham United but were often guilty of overplaying it.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini gave the Gunners a resounding victory over fellow Londoners West Ham, but it could have been much more comfortable.

Arsene Wenger’s side were utterly dominant in the first-half, creating a number of chances as Theo Walcott, on his return to the starting XI, proved a menace down the right flank.

The England international is currently in the midst of contract talks, but that didn’t stop him from focusing on dispatching the Hammers with a solid outing.

French international Giroud netted minutes before the half-time interval, but the hosts’ lack of sharpness in-front of goal almost cost them dear as Sam Allardyce’s side battled back in the second-half.

The Upton Park outfit could have equalised long before two late goals from Ramsey and Flamini, and Crooks feels a very good Gunners win could have been undone by their own profligacy.

"This has been a classic Arsenal performance. If anything they have overplayed and been trying to score the perfect goal. But they are 3-0 up and they have played well,” Crooks explained.

“Arsenal are looking good, not only for the three points, but for the Champions League tie against Monaco next week."

Fellow BBC pundit Chris Sutton was also impressed by Arsene Wenger’s side’s display, labelling the North Londoners the best team in the Premier League on their day.

"Arsenal were superb from start to finish, they controlled the game and on their day they are the best team in the Premier League,” the former Celtic striker added on the BBC Sport page.

The Gunners’ victory, their fifth league success in succession, consolidates their place in the top four and provides a big boost heading in to their Champions League clash at Monaco on Tuesday.

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